It’s a Wrap!

Balinale – Bali International Film Festival 2018 Marks 12 Years of Cinematic Success

Balinale – Bali International Film Festival wrapped its 12th edition in September 2018.  Over the years, The Festival has established itself as a key player in promoting Indonesian cinema, art, and culture by aiding in the growth of the Indonesian film and television industry.

Following the conclusion of this year’s Balinale, Festival Founder Deborah Gabinetti continues her one-woman crusade to promote the Indonesian film industry by attending several overseas industry events.  Starting in October 2018, Deborah attended the Film Programmers Conference for Networking of Southeast Asia and Japan, where she will meet with other Southeast Asian Festivals while developing international collaboration and expanding partnerships within the region.

Deborah Gabinetti

 Deborah Gabinetti - Balinale Founder

A founding member of the Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet), Deborah will also be representing the 18 AFCNet member countries in the American Film Market in California in November. That annual industry event hosts over 7,000 decision-makers from more than 80 countries with conferences, screenings, and roundtable discussions.

During her travels, Deborah will promote and bring exposure to Balinale and AFCNet in its efforts in advancing the growth of regional filmmaking.

Balinale 2018, held in Bali September 24 – 30, 2018, brought a record number of 94 filmmakers to attend its diverse program of 105 films from 35 countries, including 35 premiere showings.

Reflecting the wave of change underway in the international film industry, this year’s Bali Film Festival also featured movies by 26 female directors. This year’s festival expanded to two Cinemaxx Theaters in Bali to allow filmmakers to present their films to some 9,000 festival guests.

A number of films featured in Balinale 2018 have also been nominated at the 2018 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA): Hirokazu Koreeda’s Shoplifters (Japan), Talal Derki’s of Fathers and Sons (Syrian Arab Republic, Lebanon, Qatar, Germany), Hsin Yin Sung’s On Happiness Road (Taiwan), along with Lee Chang-dong’s Burning (Korea). Sattar Chamani Gol’s Golnesa (Iran) was also in competition at APSA. Additionally, Indonesia’s Garin Nugroho is in the running for the Cultural Diversity Award under the Patronage of UNESCO with his film Memories of My Body (Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku).

The Festival’s annual BalinaleX Industry Forum brought together nearly 90 filmmakers, investors, and industry professionals from around the world to discuss the potential in local stories and opportunities for co-production. Longstanding industry experts shared insights and opened the floor to discussions regarding challenges and commercial opportunities within the film and television industry, both locally and internationally. In its continued commitment to develop Indonesian youth, Balinale’s educational program included workshops, a free Children’s Program, and a virtual reality showing of Valen’s Reef by Conservation International. The Festival carried on with its internship program, welcoming ten interns from around the world, providing them with opportunities to further explore their interests in the entertainment and creative industries.

Roland Joffé in Indonesia

                        Roland Joffé 

Balinale’s Special Guest Roland Joffé received Balinale’s first Bali Taksu Award for his inspired creativity in exposing audiences to worlds and cultures beyond their own. This was presented by Festival Patron Ibu Tri Suswati Tito Karnavian. During his attendance at Balinale, Joffé provided constructive feedback regarding the Indonesian film industry. He commented on the apparent ingoing struggle of Indonesia with its history and attempts to figure out how to tell their story in a voice that is uniquely their own.

He also noted the “certain visual lushness” in these movies and acknowledged that Indonesia is certainly catching up with technology, as seen through impressive cinematography. Known for his Oscar-winning films The Killing Fields (1984) and The Mission (1986), and most recently the highly-acclaimed The Forgiven (2018), Joffé has shot in locations around the world that include Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Thailand, and South Africa.

Impressed with his visit in Bali, Joffé extended his stay to work on Mata Hari, a film under development in which Indonesian culture and society will play a central role. Joffé spent time went scouting film locations in East Java with a team from Bali Film Center.

Expressing his impression of Indonesia, Joffé said the Country “embodies everything that is rather beautiful about South East Asia, with its own particular spice.” He has plans to return to Indonesia in the near future to move the Mata Hari project forward.

About Balinale – Bali International Film Festival

BALINALE - BALI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL was established in 2007. Organized by the Bali Film Center, the festival has screened numerous local and international films for audiences of thousands of film enthusiasts, while also attracting leading directors, actors, and producers from Indonesia and around the world.